Democratic watchman. (Bellefonte, Pa.) 1855-1940, December 23, 1892, Image 4

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Terms 2.00 A Year,in Advance
Bellefonte, Pa., Dec. 23, 1892.
P. GRAY MEEK, = = =
—— With this issue the WATCHMAN
completes its 37th year and greets its
readers for the last time in 1892. It
has endeavored to follow its motto
“fearless, frank, fair’ in all things.
How well it has succeeded its readers
alone must judge. May the glamour
of the festal season which you aresoon
to celebrate not prove an illusion on
the horoscope of the new born year,
but may its gladness continue and
abide with you through time. That
the coming days may be ones of far
more prosperity for you than the past
ones have been, and that you may have
a joyous Christmas tide is the WarcH-
MAN’s one hope.
The Christmas Sentiment.
The pageantry of Christmas has been
formed by processions moving from
many countries and from remote ages.
The old heathen druids were wont, at
this time of the year, to bear the ever-
green, the holly and the the mistletoe
from the forests to decorate their tem-
ples, long before the grasses and the
corn leaves rustled about the head of
that marvelous child in Bethlehem’s
stable. ’
Grave and dignified men, during the
Saturnalian days of southern climes, at
our Christmas period indulged in the
‘feast of fools’’ when they gave way to
all of a boys abandon hilarity, ages an-
terior to that era, ‘wien the wise men
trom the east” bent in wrapt contem-
plation over the Baby Boy, who lay in
sweet unconsciousness in the manger
midst Judea’s hills,
Out of the twilight of heathen coun-
tries has come the children’s custom
of hanging the stocking near the fire-
Diese for the good fairy to fill with
nick-knacks so dear to the child’s
It is an evidence of the real charac-
ter of our Christmas spirit that it could
secure to its service, for the illustration
of its own spirit, these and other cus-
toms, as it is also an evidence of the
generous breath of Christienity’s spirit
to receive, employ and honor every good
custom of man.
Adapted to celebrate the truth of
Christmas, all these customs were re-
lieved of many evil features and exalt-
ed to their whole tone.
A light heart, a merry countenance,
an elated spirit only are in harmony
with the day.
It 1s a day of generosity, too. The
best gift of Heaven was bestowed upon
the earth.
They tell us that the angels came
floating down from the heights of Heav-
en with rapturous songs of joy, congrat-
ulating humanity in its great good for-
tune. We know that the only proper
mood which a human being should in-
dulge upon the reception of such news,
and the commemoration of such an oc-
casion, is a joyous one—so great as to
surpass his power to display it. A ten-
der, loving, vital alliance has been form-
ed by the Creator with our natures.
Finite are we? But Christmas tells us
that we are in bonds and Infinite.
Poor are we, limited to a little earth ?
But Christmas tells us that we are heirs
of the unbounded universe.
But the true spirit of Christmas will
not be recognized if the favors bestowed,
at least some of them, are not for some
more unfortunate person, The poor,
the sick, the outcast, the degraded, the
weak and defenseless are the proper ones
to excite our generosity,
It is a day also of good will. ‘Peace
on earth and good will to men,” sang
the angels.
Old grudges are to be buried on this
day. Every human being is to be met
in a kindly spirit. A cessation of hos-
tilities is to be announced, and a gener-
al amnesty should be proclaimed. The
pipe of peace—if any pipe is to be
smoked—should be smoked first, and
reconciliations be effected,
It is a cosmopolitan day. In cele-
brating Christmas we are not Americans
or Englishmen, or Germans, but citi-
zens of the world, for this is the only
festival in which the world joins.
Peace on all the wide earth, good will
to every man in every land, is the sen-
timent of the day.
Then it is the children’s day. What
immense significance is contained in
that statement! But we pause, unable
for space’ to utter the thoughts which
rise and the emotions which crowd
within our hearts at the mention of the
children. May everyone of them have
a merry Christmas!
Fravius J. Brosst.
The German Christmas.
“Germany might not inaptly be
styled “tbe home of Christmas,” said
William Walter Phelps, United States
Minister to Germany. It is to the
Germans that wo are indebted for
many of cur most popular and univer-
sally observed Christmas customs. Tle
ancient Germans were accustomed to
celebrate long before the birth of Christ
a great feast of the winter solstice, con-
tinued during the twelve days from
December 25 to January 6, and during
which they were accustomed to light
and decorate large yew trees, to which
they also attached gilts for each other.
Those old German yew trecs may be
said to blossom annually on cur heart-
stones on the modern Christmas tree.
To the great fi ast the Germans gave
the rame of Jul or Yul, the name that
the Saxons carried with them to Erg-
land, where it still survives-—with one
added to it—as & synonym for Christ-
mas. The yule-log of old England is
derived from Germany, as are also the
yule cheese, the yule cake the yule-can-
dle, and many other things pertaining
to the yule-tide. Santa Claus and Kric
Kinkle are both natives of Germany.
It is to the latter, whose full, correct
name is Christ Kindlin, or Christ Child,
that we owe the fannliar fable that it is
the infant Jesus himself who brings
presents for the stockings of good child-
“A German household on Christmas
eve is a very pleasant place to be. The
little ones can scarcely wait for bedtime,
so anxious are they to hang up their
stockings —another custom, by the way,
for which all the rest of the world is in-
debted to Germany. Some of the youn-
sters, who can recall instances when
they have been disobedient or otherwise
naughty during the year, are in mortal
terror lest on awakening in the morning
they should find in their stockings, in-
stead of toys and bon-bons, only a small
birch rod, which has been placed there
by one ‘Pelsnichol’ (literally Nicholas
with the fur of St. Nicholas dressed in
fur, as we should say), who punishes
the bad children at Christmas time,
while Kris Kringle rewards the good.
Some German children, instead of hang-
ing up their stockings, place their shoes
outside the door of their bed room.”
He Got the Tree.
“Say, ma,” said Tommy, ‘aren’t we
going to have a Christmas tree this
year 2”?
“No, Tommy,” answered his mother,
«J haven't time to attend to it this year,
and your father is so busy that he will
not have time to fix it up either.”
Tommy was silent for some time, then
he went over and sat on a footstool be-
side his mother, who was doing some
fancy needlework.
“Say, ma,” said Tom meekly, after a
long pause. Seeing that her son was not
inclined to finish the sentence she said
kindly :
“Well, Tommy ?”’
He rested his elbow on his lap and
leaning his head on his band he watch-
ed her fingers working dexterously for a
few seconds, then be continued slowly :
+‘Say, ma, you told me I mus’nt fight,
didn’t you ?”’
«J certainly did, Tommy.”
“Well, say, ma, you know Jimmy
Jones, what lives across the strees ?”’
$tY es,
“Well, I was talking with him yes-
terday and he said ’t his mother was
nicer'n mine and I sed ’t she wasn’t and
then we got to fightin, and say, ma,
you won’t be mad if I licked him, will
you ? An I told him 't my mother was
the nicest looking lady in the street, an
don’t you forget it, an I said 't mother
wasn’t old and wrinkled like his mother
was and he said his mother was
more gencrous’n mine, an’t she was
going to fix him up a nice Christmas
tree, an then I couldn’t heip it, ma, an
I licked him some more, and just then a
big policeman came along an said ’t he
run us both in if we didn’t stop fighting
But his mother had gotup from her
chair by this time. Shecalled Bridget
and told her to go to the grocery store
and order a nice Christmas tree—the
nicest one they had.
Titles Go For Cash,
Luck of British Legation Attaches in Catching
American Wealth.
WasningroN, D. C. Dec. 18.—The
marriages past and prospective in
which attaches of the British Legation
here have taken or are to take a lead-
ing part call to mind the unusual
good fortune of these diplomatic fledg-
lings from the mother coantry. Hon.
Michael Herbert, First Secretary of the
Legation, wedded Miss Wilson of New
York, a yearor two ago. Last week
Arthur Herbert, another one ot the at-
taches, married Miss Helen Louise
Gammell, at Newport, the day she
came into possession of $5,000,000 of
the Gammell dollars, which have been
accumulating all the century ; and to
this may be added that of Mr. Alan
Johnstone, second on the list of secre-
taries, who will be married in St.
George's Church, Stuyvesant Square,
New York, to Miss Antoinette Pinchof
another wealthy heiress. -
This does not by any means exhaust
the list of eligibles that the. Legation
possesses. ~~ There are Mr. Ralph
Spencer, Captain Moy, wilitary at-
tache, Mr. Arthur Robert Peel, son of
the famous Speaker of the English
House of Commons, and Mr. Paget,
sou of Sir Augustus Paget, the English
Auster tc Austria, are still on the
George Had a Level Head.
“Then you accept me, Ethelinda.
Oh what happiness!”
“Yes, but yon must see father and
mother, George.”
“As regards your father and mother,
Ethelinda,” said George, who had been
frequently snubbed by both during his
courtship, “as regards your father and
mother,” and he curled his lip and
threw out his chest.
“Speak low, George,” she said, “I
think they are both listening.
“As regards your father and mother”
continued the wily lover, raising his
voice, “I think your father is one
of the most gentlemanly men I ever
met, and as for your mother, she is one
of the loveliest of women. I not surpris-
ed that you are so good, so beautitul,
go sweet, when I remember you are
the offspring of such a pair.”
“George said the father, bustling in-
to the room she is yours.”
“And yon have our blessing,” said
the mother. And George, as he ad-
justed his collar, thought to himself
that an ounce oftimely compliment is
worth a pound of argument.
Gould's Will Probated.
New York, December 12.—The will
of the late Jay Gould was offered for
probate this afternoon. The executors
say in their petition that the property in
this state consists of $2,000,000 in realty
and $70,000,000 in personalty.
Troops in Pursuit of Garza’s Band.
WasniNgroyN, Dee. «+ 20.—General
| Schofield stated this morning that there
| were 600 United States troops in the
field in hot pursuit of the Garza band |
on the border.
Hope For Blaine.
Now Resting in A Comfortable Condition.
‘WASHINGTON, Dec. 20.—There is less
apprehension on the part of the friends
of Mr. Blaine over his condition, as was
manifested this afternoon in the com par-
atively small number of visitors who
left their cards at the mansion. The big
red house has again assumed its wonted
air, and there was less activity surround-
ing it since Sunday night. Several visi
tors dropped in to inquire as to his con-
dition but none of them except Mr.
Robert Blaine, a brother of the ex-sec-
retary, were admitted to the house. All
the visitors were informed by the attend-
ant at the dooor that there was no
change in the patient’s condition and
that the family were hopeful that he
would again partially master his disease.
Dr. Johnson visited Mr. Blaine shortly
before 2 o'clock and remained with him
for nearly three-quarters of an hour. He
said that there had been no marked
change and he anticipated no serious set-
back for the time being, and the indic-
ations were that he would pass a com-
fortable might.
Congressman Boutelle, of Maine, is
quoted in the Post as telling the fol
lowing story. “Mr. Blaine is suffering
from exhaustion. He has drawn upon
his health for years and years without
regard to impairing his vitality. His
book —Twenty Years in Congress‘‘—
would be a monument in itself to any
man, and yet it is only one of the many
great things Mr. Blaine has done. Tt
was composed with a rapidity that
stands unequalled in literary history,
unless the novels of Sir Walter Scott be
Mr. Blaine is sleeping now and is no
worse at midnight. The doctor says
there is no danger of his dying to-night.
‘W AsHINGTON, December 21.—* Blaine
1s much better this evening,” said Dr.
Johnston in reply to the usual inquiry.
«J called to see him between 5 and 6
o'clock to-night and found him exceed-
ingly cheerful for one in Fis condition.
His voice was much firmer in tone and
his eyes brighter. In fact he is so much
improved that I shall not repeat my
visit of this evening unless summoned
by the family and that I do not expect.
Sultan has a High Old Time Until He is Final
ly Captured.
The other night an elephant was dis-
covered in the barnyard of William
Fordyce near this city. The next
morning the place was found to have
been wrecked. fences broken, corn cribs
gutted, and everything was in a devas-
tated condition. During the night the
elephant had enjoyed himself, and fi-
nally left the place, taking several piece;
of fence with him. He was traced
to aswamp near by, but no one cared
to disturb him. That night he re-
turned to Fordyce’s place and slept in
astrawstack. The presence of the ele-
phant alarmed the neighborbood, and
watchers were detailed to keep track
of the animal in order to alarm the
farmers should he attack any farm-
Manager Gray of the Great Aweri-
can Circus, with two men, arriv-
ed here from Jeffersonville, and
with many townspeople went out
to Fordyce's, where Keeper New-
man recognized the elephant as
Sultan, one of the largest of his herd.
The gang of showmen attacked him
with pitchforks and prods, and finally
forced him into the barn. Thebuilding
was nearly wrecked, and the brute’s
trumpetings could be heard for a dis-
tance of four miles. He was finally
captured. Sultan escaped from the
circus on last Tuesday during the
transfer of the stock at Waynetown,
some distance from the Fordyce place.
Fulford wins the Second Match.
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., December 19.
—J. R. Elliot, the Kansas City cham-
pion, lost the second match of his series
of pigeon shooting to E. D. Fulford, of
Harrisburg., Pa, in this city to-day
Fulford shot much better than Elhot,
shooting with much more rapidity and
precision. Each contestant had 100 live
birds. The weather was damp and
windy and the birds were a fair lot.
Elliot 93, Fulford 96.
The Prince of Wales Coming Over.
LonpoN, December 19.—It is again
rumored that it is the intention of the
prince of Wales to visit the Chicago
Columbian exhibition. It is said that
he will make the trip across the Atlant-
ic early next summer in the royal yacht
Chilian Money Received.
WasHINGTON. December 21.--The
secretary of the treasury to day placed
to the credit cf the secretary of the navy
the $75,000 received from the Chilian
government in settlement of the Balti-
more affair.
A Valuable Cargo.
NEw York, December 21.-—The
steamship La Champagne which sailed
for Havre took out half a million in
gold which was obtained from the sub
treasury. She also had on board 13,000
ounces of silver bars.
——Christmas is too much for the
turkey. It makes him lose his head.
-—As Christmas approaches the paren-
tal pocketbook grows thinner.
Philipsburg council is thinking
of purchasing an electric light plant to
make its own street light.
——Senator Ingalls, of Kansas, lec-
tured in the Normal School chapel, ab
Lock Haven, on Tuesday night.
While not intending to turn on the
political situation tearful allusions were
dropped all along the line of his dis-
How Is THIs?—From a Washington
special to the Pittsburg Post we clip the
following and what we would like to
know 1s : Where will our home candi-
date come in ? “Ex-Governor Beaver
was also in Washingten to-day. It is
supposed his visit related to the candi-
dacy of Congressman Stone, of Warren.
for the governorship. The ex-governor
is a close friend of Mr. Stone and spent
the day with him, giving him no doubts
plenty of pointers cn the management of
his boom.”
Every choir in the town is pre-
paring some special music for the Christ-
mas service, so that church-goers will
probably begin the day of days in that
state of beneficent good fellowship which
is so eminently the spirit desirable and
which may often be produced by good
music properly rendered. At the Metho-
dist church an orchestra of six pieces
will assist the regular choir, so that an
excellent program may be expected.
The Presbyterian choir has practiced
some good music, butit is reserving
its best work for the organ recital on
Jan. 13th, which is going to be one of the
finest concerts ever heard in Bellefonte.
MARRIAGE LicENsES.—Issued during
the past week— Taken from the docket.
C. W. Swartz and Emma V. Krum-
rine, both of Tusseyville.
John Nelson of Rush Twp. and Lora
Plank of Philipsburg.
Adam R. Ulrich, of Kaneville, and M.
M. Harshbarger, of Millheim.
James F. Stout and Martha Beck,
both of Philipsburg. ’
David W. Bradford and Carrie M.
Lawyer, both of Centre Hall,
H. C. Gettig and Aggie Rimey, both
of Spring Twp.
John M. Lykens and L. C. V. Suter,
both of Benore.
Edward B. Swartz and Gertrude
Way, both of Union Twp.
J. W. Zimmerman, of Bellefonte, and
Bell Campbell, of Milesburg.
Ed. Cook and Ellen Potts, both of
Adam H. Ulrich and Clara E. Reber,
both of Coburn.
George F. Miller and Eliza A. Rog-
ers, both ot Philipsburg.
Philip Abrahams, of Du Bois, and
Mary Lutchner of Philipsturg.
oF DIpHTHERIA.—A retired physician,
of over forty years experience, desires us
to give to the readers of the WATCHMAN
what he believes to be an almost infalli-
ble preventative of parasitic, or germ
diseases, if taken very early; of which
diphtheria is one ot the most contageous
and fatal. Most of these disease germs
come from without the body, entering
the system by contaminated, drink or
tood, of which the terrible epidemic at
Plymouth, Pa., was; a fatal example.
Most of these are capable of being des-
troyed by a very simple germicide or
disinfectant. The germ of diphtheria us-
ually attacks the mucous membranes,
especially of the throat, where they
germinate by the millions, soon destroy-
ing the membrane, entering the circula-
tion'and becoming a blood disease, only
capable of being paliated and seldom or
never cured. In a strong, healthy per-
son nature may be able to throw off the
disease, while the delicate must surely
succumb to it.
This is especially true with diphthe-
ria, grippe or influenza, typhoid fever,
and the much dreaded cholera, which
we have much reason to expect as an
epidemic in the Spring of '93. Preven-
tion is easy, if taken when the germ first
makes the attack. The most simple
and efficient germicide is composed of
one part calomel and five to ten parts of
flour of sulphur mixed. Five to ten
grains of the mixture, or what would
lay on a pen knife blade, blewn over
the mucous membrane of the throat, re-
peated three or four times a day, will
destroy the germs, prevent it desiroying
the mucous membrane and entering into
the system with all its chain of fatal re-
sults. This is a perfectly harmless
remedy and can be used in infancy,
childhood or adolescence, increasing the
dose according to age I have, says the
physician, never known it to fail to pre-
vent diphtheria if used in time.
Curtin Township Happenings.
Some of the young men intend to take unto
themselves a better half, Christmas.
At the present writing, I. W. Packer, one of
our oldest citizens, is lying very ill. We still
have hopes he may rally. He is one of the
oldest citizens, or one among the first to set-
tle on Marsh Creek. Butone by one the old
land marks are disappearing.
Look out for the tar peddler, he will soon be
on the road. He says his tar is O. K., made
from the best of yellow pine. It looks at pre-
sent as if he was going to foresake the garden
business and engage in gathering poultry. He |
has already bought up quite a lot of fowls, and
says he will keep on buying till he gets the
one that lays the golden egg. Go in Mac. we
wish you success.
It looks now as if our representative at
Washington, D. C.,—I. A, D., intends to do the
square thing with his successor N. I.
him, with directions how many to take ata
meal, so hie gets used to them, He says he !
can take six according to the size, you could
put twenty of them in a pound poke. I sup-
pose he wants to reduce his friend a little.
The two whiskey barrels, of course, were
empty. N.I,says he wants them for cider.
Pine Grove Mentions.
To all a merry Christmas and a happy New
Mrs. Capt. Kepler is visiting relatives ard
friends westward.
Sheriff W. A. Ishler paid an official visit to
this section on Tuesday of this week.
The many friends of the assistant Supt. Ed.
Elder, of the Home of the Poor of Saville, O.,
are glad to see him. 3
Our mutual friend Jacob Wagner is conva-
lescing rapidly from a severe attack of pluracy
and in a few days will be ableto take his
usual toll.
Mrs. D. S. Erb recently returned to her
home on Main street, after a delightful and
pleasant visit spent in the Sunflower State
where she left a host of friends and relatives
full of hope and plenty.
Mrs. Knode, of Alexandria, is the guest of
her daughter Mrs. W. J. Meyers. There is no
more pleasant and social old lady to meet,
whose radiant face has a smile forall. Father
time has dealt gently with her for one of her
Wedding cards are out announcing the mar-
riage of Ira V. Gates to Miss Blanche Rye, the
accomplished daughter of Isaac Rye. The
marriage rites will be performed by Rev.
Wharton, assisted by Rev. C. T. Aikens, at the
bride’s home, at 12 o’clock nocn on the 22nd
The usual christmas festivity will be ob-
served in all four of our Sunday schools. Ex-
cellent music and interesting programmes
are being arranged. Last and the best there
will be a presentation to each urchin of a big
Santa Claus sack brim full of nuts and choice
Capt. Jacob M. Kepler writes that he is rap-
idly improving in health and expects to re-
main at the Hot Springs, Ark. until next
Spring when he intends to return to his man-
sion home here to be able to superintend his
farm and spend his declining years with his
excellent wife and interesting children.
The marriage recepticn of Mr. C. C. Clem-
son and bride will take place at the home of
the groom’s father A. E. Clemson, of Bailey-
ville, at high noon Thursday, the 22nd ipst.
The grooom is the youngest son of A. E. Clem-
son and one of our promising men with a
bright future before him. Here is the Warcu-
MAN'S B= for a happy voyage down the s{ream
of time.
The mild winter weather still continues.
We have had several light showers yet not
enough to wet the soil or to start the low
streams, and if it finally freezes up as low as
the waters are a great many will be at quite an
inconveniencs on account of lack of water for
stock. Many of our farmers have most of
there plowing done and are preparing the soil
with a big promise for the coming harvest
while the easy-goslucky and lick-and-promise
chaps are huntirg a fishing job or writing
Grover for an appointment.
The school Board is taking active steps to
immediately rebuild the Oak Grove school |
hovse recently burnt. The new building will
be on the same site but will be somewhat
larger and will be furnished with the latest
and best patent desks and seats. An anony-
mous letter has been received by the Board
that on certain conditions ouly would the
new building share the fate of the old one.
Taxpayers of the district demand that the per-
son or persons known to have made threats be
hunted down and delivered safely to the
Court of Quarter Sessions to have justice met-
ed out to them behind the Iron bars at Pitts-
burg. “Willjustice be done ?”
Penn's Valley Lodge No. 276, I. O. O. F. has
just passed its fiftieth mile stone in its on-
ward march and another year has gone into
history as one of unusual activity, in which an
increase of membership was a notable feature.
For this prosperity the members feel thank-
ful but not forgeting that their progress has
been maintained by mutual friendship on
which they can hope to continue their pros-
perity in the future. Last Saturday evening
they occupied their new hall above the corner
store building, which was recently refitted ex-
pressly for the use of the Lodge. The Hall is
18x36 feet with arched ceiling, from which |.
two beautiful chandeliers are suspended,
while a number of paintings beautify the
walls, that are papered with the best of guilt
paper. The floor is covered wth a tasty in.
grained carpet. Several visitors from adjoin-
ed lodges and a few members from Blair,
Miflin and Huntingdon county were present,
and took part in some iniatory services.
The breathing spell for the fleet-foot tribe
has come atlast and the hounds are being
called off to give the deer arest for the next
nine months.
During the hunt ing season just ended deer
hunters have been unusually successful.
Some thirts -one deer are known to have been
killed on the old Tussey mountains and as
many more have been run down and torn up
by the hounds. A young hunter, inexper-
ienced, camped in Diamond valley, known as
the old improvement hunting grounds, several
weeks struck camp and went home to show
his friends that at least one of the many gam-
ing stories has some foundation, to the tune of
six deer and one large bruin. While Salcr
Dr. Davis & Co., from Lancaster, encamped
a mile away did not fare so well. After a
month’s hunt broke camp with three fine deer.
Mr. Jor athan Hess, of Williamsport, hastily
left his office for a few days tear on the old
Tussey hunting grounds, scarcely taking time
to say how-dy-do to his old time associates.
Mr. H. has a wide-spread reputation as a deer
hunter and a sure shot but this trip was a
blank. W. A. Tanyer, the champion nimrod
of this section, having killed forty-nine deer
in his days, was unsuccessful this season, but
James and Alexander, chips out of the old
block, killed a number.
Another well known and successfuj
sportsman is Mr. Wm. Baily, of Stormstown,
though only in middle age he now has a re.
cord of forty-two deer and a half a dozen bear,
During the hunting season just closed there
has been quite a rivalry between the Modocks
of Boalsburg, and the Excelsiors of our town
which resulted with six to eleven in favor of
the latter, At the heels of the hunt Daniel
Meyers and Daniel Martz, of the Modoucks,
each brought down a fine doe, while Cal. Riley
of the Bucktail gang brought in a fine buck.
Gen. McClellan Rossman, H. M. Krebs, David
Otto, and last and probably the least was Linn
Dale Musser, and entitled to registration on
the Excelsior brigade roll for the season. All
the deer kiiled have been full grown or nearly
so except one, about a yearling.
| WEAVER.—Died in Taylor township, Dec. 18,
He has |
already shipped a barrel of sweet potatoes to !
1892, of neuralgia of the stomach, Mrs. Susan
Weaver, wife of William Weaver and daugh-
ter of Aaron Orwig, aged 22 years, 8 montis
and 10 days. She left a husband an aged
father and two small children to mourn
thair loss.
Another home made desolate,
In the family circle a vacant chair,
A tender wife called from earth away,
Leaving two babes to mourn a mother’s
care, G. M. M,
Spawls from the Keystous
— A revival of Christmas cards is threatened.
— Poultry is a drug in the Berks county ma*
—The sweater has joined the blazer in the
—Last year’s “resolves” make funny read-
ing just now.
—A receiver was appointed in Pittsburg for
the Order of Solon.
—The express companies are feeling the ape
proach of Christmas.
—Electricity may take the place of the deer
on Santa (laus’ sled.
—The new trolly cars in Philadelphia are
exciting much interest.
—Christmas tree pa:ties are scouring the
woods for “green goods,”
—An advertister paints posters on cov.sin
ficlds near the railroads.
—Luzerne County Commissioners will boi=
row $100,000 to meet deficits.
—A receiver for the Order of Solons was ap-
pointed at Pitteburg Tuesday.
—Tired of life, Joseph Fryberger, a Mt. Airy
farmer, fired a bullet in his heart.
—“Diek” Nuay says the Legislature will vote
for United Senator about January 17.
—Martin J. O'Hara, bookkeeper for a Shen-
andoah colliery, was killed by a train.
~~Mahanoy City voted in favor of having wa-
ter works Tuesday, at a cost of $98,000.
—At Sunbury Judge Snvide senta witne:8
to jail for being drunk while on the stand.
—Thomas G. O’Malley, of Ross township,
fell from his wagon and broke his neck,
—Fire in the sterling slope at Shamokin has
been put out after burning for a month.
—A big shooting tournament and turkey
raffle will be held at Linden next Monday.
—While playing with matches, little John
Brennan, of Shamokin, was fatally burned.
—An Engine on the Lehigh Valley road ran
down Thomas O'Hara at Cranberry Junction,
—About 2000 loaded coal cars stand upon the
Reading's track in the vicinity of Palo Alto.
—The incubator has cansed the spring
chicken to be on tap through the whole year.
—The Bardsley cases have been continued
at Harrisburg until the latter part of January.
—Presents bestowed on Sunday will likely
be given and {aken several times on Monday.
—To build a free bridge across the Mononga*
hela, Pittsburg officials want to;borrow $1,£00,-
—Altoona Republicans nominated Thomas
Wiler fcr Mayor and H. E. Ferguson for Treas-
—A dark corner ina cosy American parlo,.
kpocks the English misletoe business out of
—Even a summer-before-last lover is a right
pert chap these days of giving and 1e”
—The men who take long runsin order to
reduce their weight may be said to be thin=
ning out.
—Twenty-five horserwen of near Reading
and 50 hounds chased a fox 20 miles but didn’t
get him.
—Susquehanna Lodge, I. 0. O. F., of Colum-
bia, celebrated its 50th birthday anniversary
Tuesday. :
—Ashland mires may shut down for a few
days owing to the blocked condition of the
coal trade.
—“This is your last chance,” as the man
said to his son when he apprenticed him to
the shoemaker.
‘—As a result of the Republican primaries in
Reading, William F. Shanaman will be nomi-
nated for Mayor,
—Pclicemen crcwded the St. Mary’s Polish
Church in Reading Sunday to prevent a riot
of Poles and Huns.
—Undertaker Henry B. Wagner, of Amity-
ville, has been appointed Mercantile Apprais-
er for Berks County.
—Commissioners of all county officials elec-
ted November 8 were issued by the State De-
partment at Harrisburg.
—President Warfield, of Lafayette College,
has been ill for a long time and has gone to
Tennessee to recuperate.
—Mrs. Rebecea Tow, whose husband recent-
ly dropped dead, was herself found dead in
bed Tuesday, at Carlisle.
—Miner John Fillian, a Pole, was crushed,
to death at the Nottingham,cclliery, Plymouth
beneath several tons of top coal.
—In attempting to board his train Brake-
man Jefferson Lentz, of Tamaqua, fell under
the wheels and was cut to pieces.
—Harrisburg suffera from men whom a local
paper terms “women grabbers,” whose avoca-
tion is to seize girls upon the streets.
—Mayor Brown and Detective Marshall left
New Castle,Wednesday, for Hurley, Wis., to se-
cure Michael Ferona, the Hilltown murderer.
—A note (written by his sweetheart) which
he dropped on the floor, led fo the arrest of
Wiiliam Powers for robbing a railroad station
near Hollidaysburg.
—William Stevenson, of Birdsboro, the lat-
est “didn’t know it was loaded” victim, luck-
ily shot himself in the mouth and escaped
with a ball in his neck.
—The release on bail of Sylvester Critchlow,
still held for complicity in Detective Conners’
murder, will be argued before Judge Stowe at
Pittsburg Saturday.
—Three houses belonging to Mrs. Dunlap
and others, and known as the Dunlap corner in
Darlington, Pa., were burned Tuesday night.
Loss $2,000; partly insured.
—Mrs. Florence Rockafellow, of Scranton,
won an $8000 verdict against the Delaware and
Hudson Railroad Company for injuries re.
ceived in a accident near Waymart.
—The breaking of a rope at the Pine Forest
colliery, St. Clair, caused a loaded mine car to
dash down the slope and and seriously injure
Miners John Trumkel and James Duffy.
—John Rovicks, a Hungarian miner, was
killed by a passenger train on the Mt. Pleas:
ant branch of the Baltimore and Ohio railroad
Monday evening, near Mt. Pleasant, Pa. His
wife and family are en route to New York from
—Burglars entered the furniture store of
Heard & Van Allen, of Erie, Pa., Tuesday
night and took from the safe §1,200 in Erie city
bonds, $100 in money and some jewelry. The
postoffice was also robbed of a quantity of
stamps and some money.
—Henry Sullivan, a member of the Cool
Spring gang, a branch of the famous Cooleys
of Lafayette county, when placed on trial at
Uniontown, Pa. Tuesday, on a charge of rob.
bing Farmer Wards meathouse, pleaded
guilty and implicated Weff Clelland and Will
iam Luckey, two members of the gang, in the
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